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The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

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1982–89
Lead Designers
I. M. Pei Ian Bader

Now established as a world-class concert hall, this project was undertaken to position Dallas as an international center of culture while anchoring its emerging downtown arts district.

These distinct but interrelated functions are served by two primary components: an inward-looking music chamber and an outward-looking lobby.

The concert hall is designed as a traditional 2,000-seat “shoebox.” Its form and shape are informed by a rigorous investigation into optimum capacity, ideal sight lines, and acoustical excellence. Notwithstanding such technical considerations, the hall is ultimately designed to enhance the pleasure of making and listening to music. Acoustical components can be adjusted for a range of performance situations, including symphonies, small ensembles, and solo performers.

In contrast to the necessarily hermetic performance hall, the intricately glazed lobbies—with their restaurant, outdoor garden, and sculpture court—provide an inviting place to circulate and gather when performances are not in progress. Transparent by day and night, these spaces reaches out to a much larger public.

Show Facts
Site

A 3-acre site in the newly created Arts District, a 20-block area adjacent to Dallas' central business area

Components

Performance hall, Grand Lobby, 180-seat restaurant, prefunction spaces, 2-story musicians' wing, 4-story administration wing, outdoor sculpture garden, garden court, monumental public art, underground parking for 140 cars

Client

The City of Dallas and The Dallas Symphony Association

PCF&P Services

Site selection, architecture, exterior envelope, interior design

Awards

National Honor Award
American Institute of Architects, 1991

Annual Tucker Award
Building Stone Institute, 1994

Award of Merit for Out of Area Project
Concrete Industry Board, 1991

Award of Excellence
National Commercial Builders Council, 1991

Commendation for Excellence in Construction
Associated Builders & Contractors of Texas, 1990

Dallas Urban Design Award
The City of Dallas, 1990

Project Credits

Structural: Leslie E. Roberston Associates, New York; Mechanical / Electrical: Edwards & Zuck, P.C., New York; Acoustics: Artec Consultants, Inc., New York, NY; Lighting: Jules Fisher & Paul Marantz, New York; Interiors: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners; Images: Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, Peter Cook, Richard Payne, Paul Warchol, Nathaniel Lieberman, Carol Highsmith